Kolkata’s New Town a Platinum Green City
New Town has been awarded ‘platinum-rated Green City certificate’ by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Only four other cities in the country—Dholera, Chennai, Amravati and Rajkot—have received the award.
Hidco and NKDA chairman Debashis Sen on Friday presented a copy of the certificate to state urban development minister Firhad Hakim at the KMC office.
New Town had received a gold certificate from the IGBC in August, 2018. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) have been working on several green initiatives over the past few years. “This is a recognition New Town has received from IGBC for our continuous efforts,” said Hidco and NKDA chairman Debashis Sen.
The certification is valid for a five years. IGBC has mentioned several initiatives taken up by Hidco and NKDA, such integrating land use with public green and open spaces, developing water bodies, making rules for green buildings, cycle-friendly infrastructure, solar power, e-mobility, rainwater harvesting and waste water treatment.